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MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

This time of year I often feel like the head elf in a certain 1936 cartoon, the one with a gruff but adamant mantra: "Time for spring, I say!"

WEATHER

Here's a forecast I've not seen before: "fading sun" following morning fog Monday. Showers return Tuesday.

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THE RACE IS ON

Fake "native" art is bad enough. What's worse is dreadful "native inspired" kitsch works and garments, from Adidas and others. (KUOW) 

Nooksack tribal leaders' attempts to "disenroll" up to 15 percent of the tribe's members may cost the tribe its "sovereignty." (KUOW) 

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Western governors and mayors really dislike the planned gutting of auto fuel-efficiency standards. (Joel Connelly) 

Another rundown of the DC regime's budgetary death sentence to Puget Sound. (AP) (Slog)

King County would also face devastating cuts, in everything from infrastructure to affordable housing. (KUOW) 

And no more federal arts funding would probably mean no more big-name shows at SAM, not to mention raging deficits around the regional arts milieux. (SeaTimes) 

The NW Film Forum's launching a nationwide tour of films intended "to challenge Islamophobia." (Slog)

A local rabbi says, "My kids see more anti-Semitism than I did growing up." (KUOW) 

IN OTHER NEWS

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Bills still alive in the Legislature would tax "vapor" products and e-cigarettes, perhaps on a par with cigarette taxes. (KCPQ) 

SIC TRANSIT

The First Hill Streetcar's back today. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

Changing the way car tabs are priced could cost Sound Transit $6 billion. (Everett Herald) 

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Statistics show crime in Seattle is significantly down, information likely to be ignored by KIRO Radio and Nextdoor.com. (KING) 

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

The now-adult daughter of fishing-boat captain and "Deadliest Catch" reality-TV star Sig Hansen claims he'd sexually assaulted her starting at age 2. He denies all charges. The case is going to an appeals court. (PI.com) (SeaTimes) 

Here's a (different) case of fake filmmakers and sex lures. This one's about a man and woman accused of recruiting teenage girls, supposedly for a nonexistent HBO documentary about street hookers, to become trafficked street hookers themselves to help fund the venture. (PI.com) 

Counterfeit Chinese big-screen TVs are showing up, being sold directly on the likes of Craigslist. (News Tribune) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

Trash pickups at encampment sites: it's the minimally humane thing to do. (KUOW)

MAYHEM

A Ride the Ducks vehicle struck a car Sunday, leading to one minor injury. (KOMO) 

ECO

Mmm, out-of-the-dryer clothes with that fresh scent of… carcinogens? That's what a UW researcher claims. (CBS) 

TEK TALK

Local truck giant PACCAR is getting together with a computer-chip maker to develop tech for self-driving vehicles. Prepare to say goodbye to thousands of truckers' jobs and the whole truck-stop culture. (GeekWire)

Is it too early to start thinking how to regulate self-driving autos? (GeekWire) 

The case for more nonmales and nonwhites on tech teams was reiterated by Bridget Frey, an exec with the local real-estate site Redfin. She says having multiple backgrounds and points of view helps ensure"having lots of ideas to choose from." (GeekWire) 

THE PLANE TRUTH

The 787's future seems bright. But is the future of Boeing in Everett as rosy? (Everett Herald) 

Boeing plans more layoffs in May. (CNN)

(LOCAL) SCANDAL OF THE CENTURY

Are you being served a "pint" of beer in a 14 oz. glass? (Crosscut) 

R.I.P.

Chuck Berry, 90, was the one of the founding fathers of rock n' roll music. He may have had a "core repertoire" of only three dozen songs, but those songs encapsulated the intersection of white teen angst and black societal frustration that made early rock so vital. (CNN) 

SPORTS

Sounders FC's home opener was also its first win of the season, 3-1 vs. the New York Red Bulls. Home vs. Atlanta on March 31.

Gonzaga men's basketball advanced into the NCAA tourney's Sweet 16 by downing Northwestern 79-73. Next: West Virginia on Thursday in San Jose, CA.

The UW women then beat Montana State, 91-63. Today in Hec Ed, they meet (ugh!) Oklahoma, who beat the Gonzaga women Saturday 75-62. 

UW men's basketball hired Mike Hopkins, formerly with Syracuse, as its new head coach. (KING) 

The preseason Mariners took three of four games over the weekend, losing only on Sunday 3-2 to the Rangers. Today in Arizona: the A's.

TONIGHT

Nikki Lane. (Tractor) 

Slothrust, Sons of an Illustrious Father, Scarves. (Sunset) 

Choke the Pope, Bunnygrunt, Googolplexia, Going Away. (Victory Lounge) 

Elle Carpenter, Kristina Valencia. (Hattie's Hat) 

"Derelict, you're not coming back," drawings by Gretchen Frances Bennett. (Vignettes) 

"Blue Velvet" tribute night. (Lava Lounge) 

Camille Paglia. (Central Library)

Werner Herzog reading night. (Soil Gallery) 

Suja Thomas on "What Happened to Trial by Jury?" (Town Hall) 

"Science and a Movie" series presents "Aliens." (Central Cinema) 

"Color, Connect, Create." (Uptown Espresso Belltown) 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Anthony Marra):

“Inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.”

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